What is Botulinum toxin type A?
Botulinum toxin type A is the main ingredient in all Botox products. Its job is to paralyze the muscle and create a smoother looking appearance when used on the face. There are three brands of Botox that all essentially do the same thing. Botox is made by Allergan, Xeomin is made by Merz and Dysport is made by Galderma. The term BOTOX can be used to describe all three products.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is designed for injection into specific facial muscles to temporarily reduce wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles by blocking motor/neuron impulses while leaving natural and attractive facial expression intact
When is BOTOX Cosmetic Used?
It is most effective for wrinkles that are visible when laughing, smiling, raising the eyebrows or for crow’s feet around the outer edges of the eyes. These wrinkles are called "dynamic" and tend to be much less noticeable when your face is completely relaxed. It can also be used to turn the corners of the mouth up to reduce the appearance of frowning when the mouth is relaxed.
Am I a good BOTOX candidate?
The best candidates for the procedure are those who have facial wrinkles and are under the age of 70. In some cases, wrinkles in people over the age of 65 are static and do not change even when the face is relaxed. Each person is different, however, and should undergo a consultation by a physician to determine the most effective treatment plan.
How is BOTOX Cosmetic Administered?
A very small amount of Botox or Xeomin is injected into each target area using a very small insulin needle. Usually, the amount administered is in units. Because the needle is fine (usually 31 gauge), most patients compare the sensation to light pinch when the injection is administered. It is relatively painless and fast. There may be minimal discomfort and swelling. You can return to normal activities immediately afterward but you must follow the post-treatment guidelines given to you by the doctor.
Will I experience any side effects?
In rare cases, a patient may experience, redness, inflammation, tenderness, localized pain, swelling and/or bleeding/bruising.
When will I notice the difference and how long will it last?
The treatment takes three to fourteen days to take full effect. If you practice contracting the facial muscles the results tend to set in quicker. The results usually last from 3 to 4 months. Often, repeated treatments and a higher dose can lead to longer lasting results.
Will one treatment be enough?
One treatment will provide you with decreased wrinkles in the areas where the injections were done. You should notice a more youthful and relaxed appearance once the BOTOX has set in. For longer lasting results, we recommend regular touch-ups every three to four months.
What happens as treatment begins to wear off?
As the BOTOX wears off the wrinkles will begin to reappear but usually, they aren’t as deep or noticeable. If you want to maintain your smooth, youthful appearance year-round, additional treatments are done at the proper interval (usually every three to four months). With repeat treatments, the effects tend to last longer thus requiring less BOTOX and fewer treatments.
Is there any downtime?
No. Most people return to their normal activities immediately following treatment. It is recommended, however, that you avoid exercise, excess sweating, heavy lifting, steam/sauna and massaging the injected area injected for 24-48 hours.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Treatments with BOTOX will not change your facial appearance. Your skin will look smoother and softer. The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What can I expect during my Botox appointment?
First is an initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor. Next, we will determine where and how much BOTOX to based on the visible wrinkles we see while you move certain muscles in your face. After the doctor puts marks on your skin showing where the BOTOX will be injected you will then receive your quotation and if you approve the treatment will be done.
Small injections of BOTOX will be administered directly into the targeted facial muscles. It is usually done along the brow line and forehead areas. Discomfort is rare and brief without downtime in most cases. You may see improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines within a few days. Improvement will continue for up to two weeks and can last up to 3 to 4 months.
Can I get treatments during my lunch hour or between errands?
BOTOX is a simple fast procedure that takes very little time out of your day and because any visible side effects are minimal, you can return to work or your errands immediately. If you are already an established patient it is even quicker!
What happens to the frown lines between my brows if I discontinue treatments?
If you don’t continue BOTOX treatments, the frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
Is Botox / Xeomin affordable?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, BOTOX is very affordable. Like all the other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and facial peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. All of our consultations are complimentary so if you have a budget, our friendly physicians will be able to advise how you can get the best results based on your budget. We want you to look and feel your best, let us help you make it happen!
Who should not use BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neuromuscular disorders may be at increased risk of serious side effects. You must not be breastfeeding and other additional cautions will be advised based on individual circumstances.